Why You Need to Winterize Outdoor Plumbing

Home » Why You Need to Winterize Outdoor Plumbing

Frozen pipes bring a sudden halt to normal life. You need to find a plumber for an emergency service call. It costs money and everyone in the family feels the pain of being without running water.

People in the Portland-metro area often skip winterizing outdoor pipes. Oregon winters are usually mild, so some homeowners gamble with Mother Nature.

But, the weather in Oregon and Washington can turn harsh. If that happens, you and thousands of others all over Portland will be frantically calling plumbers at the same time. You could be left in the cold, without working plumbing.

And it’s all unnecessary. Winterizing outdoor plumbing systems prevents them from freezing and keeps them safe throughout the season.

Apollo can help you winterize. But, if you are handy with pipes, you can do some of the work yourself.  Here’s what you need to do to keep your home’s outdoor pipes and plumbing protected during freezing temperatures in Portland, Oregon.

What Happens if You Don’t Winterize Outdoor Plumbing

Pipes don’t burst at the point where they freeze. They rupture downstream from the freeze, where the pressure is powerful.

If a problem occurs with an outdoor spigot attached to your home, a pipe could bust inside the walls of your house. A burst pipe causes water damage to floors, ceilings, walls and furniture.

Learn what to do to keep frozen pipes from bursting.

Winterize Your Pipes and Faucets

There are three areas you need to be concerned about:

  • Garden hoses:
  • Garden faucet:
  • Insulation:
  • Hoses: Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Store them in a protected area.
  • Faucets: There are two types of outdoor faucets. One has a shut-off valve; the other is a freeze-proof outdoor faucet. For those with a shut-off valve, close the valve and then open the spigots so the lines can thoroughly drain. Leave them open until spring.

If you have a back-flow device, give Apollo a call for help since back-flow devices can be tricky to winterize.

  • Insulation: Wrap insulation over the faucet.Then add an insulated cover made for faucets. Spray-foam insulation around the hose bib can stop cold air from getting into the inside of a wall, a leading cause of frozen pipes.

Winterize Your Irrigation Pipes

If you have an irrigation system, your best bet is to get professional help to prepare it for winter. Here’s an overview of the procedure:

  • Get rid of water in the sprinkler system.
  • Turn off the water supply and open the drain valves.
  • If your system has a draining system that works automatically, all you need to do is shut off the main supply of water.

At this point you need to:

  • Get rid of any water remaining by opening up the cap on one of two valves: either the stop-and-waste or the boiler drain valve.
  • Check the backflow mechanism and open the test cocks.
  • If the system uses check valves, you will need to take the sprinkler head out of the ground, then drain any water collected in it.

Does your irrigation system use a blow-out type of winterization? Call a specialist in irrigation systems. If you do it yourself, you can damage the sprinkler head and lines.

Why It’s Best to Call a Plumber for Winterizing

Hiring a plumber for winterizing prevents more expensive repairs. Though it can be tempting to do everything yourself, it may cost you in the end. It’s all too easy to miss a pipe or faucet or damage a sprinkler system.

Call Apollo, the Winterizing Experts

Apollo Drain provides affordable solutions for all types of plumbing in the Gresham, Portland and Vancouver areas.

Time to winterize? Contact the experts at Apollo today.

Posted in


  1. best CBD Oil on April 17, 2020 at 6:55 am

    I love reading through an article that will make people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!|

  2. Arnoldo Caldoron on May 12, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    You’ve made some decent points there. I checked on the net to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

  3. seo service companies on May 13, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this web site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the info!

  4. […] How to winterize your outdoor pipes and faucets. | Plumbing Tips | apollodrain.com/… […]

  5. Google on May 18, 2020 at 1:54 am


    We came across a cool site that you might love. Take a appear when you want.

  6. single-men-in-uk on May 21, 2020 at 6:22 am

    http://inventzo.co.id/2020/03/28/59152/ where to meet catholic singles in vancouver

  7. best roulette software on May 22, 2020 at 11:24 am

    best roulette software

    […]we came across a cool site that you just could possibly delight in. Take a look in the event you want[…]

  8. best roulette software on May 22, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    best roulette software

    […]The details talked about within the post are a number of the best available […]

  9. kratom near me on May 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    kratom near me

    […]Every once inside a while we pick blogs that we study. Listed beneath are the most current web pages that we decide on […]

  10. ghế chống gù lưng on May 23, 2020 at 9:58 am

    ghế chống gù lưng

    […]we prefer to honor a lot of other online websites around the net, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out[…]

  11. Walker Pellerito on May 25, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Great information. Lucky me I discovered your website by accident (stumbleupon). I’ve book marked it for later!

  12. http://www.gracedentalclinic.in on May 31, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Very informative article post.Really looking forward to read more.

  13. bunny rabbit vibrator on June 2, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Thanks for the blog.

  14. adam and eve discount on June 2, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the article post.Thanks Again. Want more.

  15. adam and eve discount on June 2, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Great, thanks for sharing this blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  16. double dong on June 2, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks a lot for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  17. more hints on June 3, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Thanks a lot for the article post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  18. company website on June 3, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Thanks so much for the post. Cool.

  19. important site on June 3, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Muchos Gracias for your article post. Fantastic.

  20. full article on June 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks a lot for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  21. MMND 186 on June 3, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Say, you got a nice post.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  22. สล็อตXo on June 3, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Really informative blog.Really thank you! Will read on…

  23. Make America Great Again Committee on June 3, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  24. ดูหนังออนไลน์ on June 3, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Very informative post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  25. หนังออนไลน์ on June 3, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Really appreciate you sharing this blog article.Really thank you! Want more.

  26. หนังออนไลน์ on June 4, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Great article post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  27. Buy research chemicals online on June 4, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Buy research chemicals online

    […]check beneath, are some totally unrelated web sites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[…]

  28. n95 respirators on June 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Looking forward to reading more. Great article post.Thanks Again. Great.

  29. movie2thai on June 4, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Major thankies for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  30. Jarvis Housden on June 5, 2020 at 4:58 am

    I simply want to say I am beginner to blogging and site-building and honestly enjoyed you’re website. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You certainly come with incredible articles and reviews. Many thanks for revealing your webpage.

  31. grand mondial on June 5, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog article. Fantastic.

Leave a Comment


Schedule Your Appointment

Apollo Drain is known for professional, thorough work.

This long-time Oregon plumbing business takes care of both residential and commercial plumbing repairs.